Media & Entertainment

  • February 13, 2024

    Comer Says FTC Is Stalling On Oversight Committee Worries

    House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., continued Tuesday to hammer away at the Federal Trade Commission and Chair Lina Khan, assailing the frequent target of Republican criticism for failing to "fully address" lawmaker inquiries into the FTC's handling of due process and federal ethics law.

  • February 13, 2024

    Antitrust Issues To Watch In Sports Giants' Streaming Venture

    Few details were provided in last week's announcement of a joint venture under which ESPN, Fox and Warner Bros. Discovery will combine their vast live sports portfolios into a single app. But as the companies work out the details of a project they hope to roll out this autumn, one thing is clear: The Justice Department is almost certain to take a look.

  • February 13, 2024

    EU Says Apple IMessage, Microsoft Bing Not Gatekeepers

    European enforcers have found that Apple's iMessage and several Microsoft services do not qualify for "gatekeeper" designations under the Digital Markets Act, but the companies nevertheless must abide by new rules giving users more choice and freedom with other products.

  • February 13, 2024

    Cannabis Site Co. Moves To Ax 'Rambling' Securities Suit

    Decentral Life and its licensees asked a Colorado federal judge Monday to toss an investor's "rambling and incomprehensible" securities fraud suit accusing them of making false statements to trick him into investing more than $1.7 million, arguing most of his allegations fail under the federal pleading requirements.

  • February 13, 2024

    5th Person Pleads Guilty In Pa. Art, Sports Memorabilia Thefts

    A fifth person has pled guilty to participating in a 20-year art and sports memorabilia theft ring that targeted Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock paintings and Yogi Berra MVP plaques, among other items from institutions across the country.

  • February 13, 2024

    FCC Member Seeks Probe Of Apple's Message App Shutdown

    A member of the Federal Communications Commission is calling on the agency to investigate Apple's move to stifle an app that would have integrated iMessage and Android messaging and eliminated degradation issues that cause Android messages to show up as hard-to-read green bubble texts and grainy videos on iPhones.

  • February 13, 2024

    Troika Strikes Ch. 11 Deal To Release $29M In Escrow

    The bankrupt marketing firm Troika Media Group told a New York court on Tuesday that it had settled a key dispute over its 2022 acquisition of another marketing agency, Converge Direct LLC, agreeing that $29 million being held in escrow should be released and paving the way for the Chapter 11 case to move forward.

  • February 13, 2024

    Epic, Choreographer Agree To End Fortnite Dance Moves Suit

    Fortnite developer Epic Games and a celebrity choreographer have agreed to end their dispute over whether the company ripped off portions of a copyrighted dance routine for one of the "emotes" players buy for in-game battle celebrations, according to a filing in California federal court.

  • February 13, 2024

    Real Estate Rumors: Ares Management, Somerset, MBS Group

    Ares Management has reportedly purchased a 14-building portfolio in New Jersey for $118.5 million, a Somerset Properties venture is said to have bought a North Carolina industrial building for $11 million, and MBS Group has reportedly leased 300,000 square feet in Queens.

  • February 13, 2024

    Netflix Streaming Tangible Enough For Sales Tax, Colo. Says

    Netflix can't avoid Colorado sales tax on its streaming subscriptions using a distinction between "physical" and "digital" goods, Colorado's tax department told a state court, arguing that such a distinction is false and the company's goods are "corporeal" and by law subject to the tax.

  • February 13, 2024

    ESPN Bet To Launch In NY After Sports Betting Licenses Deal

    Penn Entertainment Inc. revealed Tuesday that it is acquiring New York mobile sports wagering licenses from Kirkland & Ellis LLP-advised Wynn Interactive Holdings for $25 million, allowing the entertainment giant to launch ESPN Bet in the state.

  • February 13, 2024

    OpenAI Gets Author Copyright Claims Trimmed — For Now

    A California federal judge dismissed the bulk of two proposed copyright class actions against ChatGPT creator OpenAI Inc. while giving two putative classes led by comedian Sarah Sliverman and author Paul G. Tremblay a chance to cure deficiencies in their pleadings in some instances.

  • February 13, 2024

    Dallas Venue Not Covered For Shooting Death, Insurer Says

    The property owner of a Dallas event space is not owed defense or indemnity for an underlying wrongful death lawsuit, an insurer told a Texas federal court, arguing that negligent inaction by the property owner triggers two exclusions barring coverage.

  • February 13, 2024

    Ex-IRS Contractor Appeals 5-Year Sentence For Tax Info Leak

    A former IRS contractor sentenced to five years in prison for stealing and leaking former President Donald Trump's tax returns — and those of thousands of other wealthy people — to the media told a D.C. federal court he will appeal his final judgment.

  • February 12, 2024

    Pandora Accused Of Withholding Years Of Royalties Payments

    For years, music streaming service Pandora has been underreporting and underpaying the so-called "mechanical royalties" it owes to songwriters and publishers under copyright law, according to a lawsuit filed Monday by the Mechanical Licensing Collective, the entity in charge of collecting and distributing royalties.

  • February 12, 2024

    Bribery Is Not Securities Fraud, FirstEnergy Tells 6th Circ.

    FirstEnergy Corp. is asking the Sixth Circuit to overturn class certification in a case accusing the company of committing securities fraud in connection with a multimillion-dollar bribe made to a convicted politician, arguing that "half-truths" about the company's aging power plants cannot be the basis of class-wide claims.

  • February 12, 2024

    Live Nation Buyers Urge 9th Circ. To Nix Arbitration Rules

    Consumers suing Live Nation and Ticketmaster in a proposed antitrust class action have told the Ninth Circuit that a district court correctly ruled the companies' failure to tell ticket buyers they were switching to a new arbitrator is "procedurally unconscionable to an extreme degree."

  • February 12, 2024

    Ohio Judge Refuses To End Pause On Social Media Age Law

    An Ohio federal judge has extended a temporary hold on a new state law requiring social media platforms and other sites to get parents' consent before opening accounts for children under 16, issuing a preliminary injunction after finding the law unconstitutional.

  • February 12, 2024

    Private Cos. Back Gov't Move to Toss $40B Ligado Suit

    Ligado Networks hasn't been allowed to launch its long-planned and controversial 5G foray into the L-Band because it would be dangerous, not because of any secret government conspiracy, a coalition of companies and aviation groups have lined up to tell the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

  • February 12, 2024

    X Says Ex-Workers' New Sex Bias Complaint Is Still Deficient

    X Corp. urged a California federal court to throw out a proposed class action alleging that Elon Musk's takeover of the company formerly known as Twitter predominantly impacted women through an ensuing culture shift and mass layoffs, saying a new complaint does not fix flaws identified in a previous effort.

  • February 12, 2024

    Google Says AI Data-Scraping Suit Still Doesn't Hold Up

    Google has once again asked a California federal judge to throw out, for good this time, a proposed class action claiming it steals private and copyrighted information from Americans to train its artificial intelligence chatbot, arguing consumers "have only made things worse" in the latest version of their complaint.

  • February 12, 2024

    Calif. Bill Favors FCC Ban On 'Disparate' Broadband Service

    A California state lawmaker has introduced legislation that mirrors the Federal Communications Commission's recently adopted digital discrimination rules, including the agency's controversial "disparate impact" standard barring deployment of broadband infrastructure in a way that shortchanges low-income and minority neighborhoods.

  • February 12, 2024

    Roddy Ricch's Song 'The Box' Didn't Copy 1975 Tune, Judge Finds

    A New York federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit claiming a 2019 song by musician Roddy Ricch ripped off a song from nearly 50 years ago, saying "no reasonable jury could find that the works are substantially similar" under the right legal test.

  • February 12, 2024

    Squishmallows Battle Skoosherz In Plushie IP Suits

    The Build-A-Bear Workshop toy company and Kelly Toys Holdings filed competing federal lawsuits against each other Monday, with Build-A-Bear seeking a judgment in Missouri that its Skoosherz stuffed toys do not infringe trade dress rights claimed by Kelly's popular Squishmallows, while Kelly Toys' California suit alleges trade dress and copyright infringement.

  • February 12, 2024

    Prime Subscriber Sues Amazon Over Ad-Free-Viewing Charge

    A California man is bringing a proposed class action against Amazon over its plans to charge Prime subscribers extra for ad-free streaming.

Expert Analysis

  • Deploying Analogies To Explore AI Copyright Questions

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    Xin Shao at F. Chau & Associates translates two representative artificial intelligence copyright cases into more traditional copyright law scenarios to facilitate the direct application of legal theories to undisputed technological facts.

  • The Case For Post-Bar Clerk Training Programs At Law Firms

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    In today's competitive legal hiring market, an intentionally designed training program for law school graduates awaiting bar admission can be an effective way of creating a pipeline of qualified candidates, says Brent Daub at Gilson Daub.

  • FTC Warning Letters Note 5 Mistakes For Influencers To Avoid

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    The Federal Trade Commission recently sent warning letters to two trade associations and 12 health influencers over their social media posts, offering insight into how the agency plans to enforce its updated endorsement guides and highlighting five concerns to keep in mind for marketing campaigns, says Gonzalo Mon at Kelley Drye.

  • Opinion

    A Telecom Attorney's Defense Of The Chevron Doctrine

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    The Chevron doctrine, which requires judicial deference to federal regulators, is under attack in two U.S. Supreme Court cases — and while most telecom attorneys likely agree that the Federal Communications Commission is guilty of overrelying on it, the problem is not the doctrine itself, says Carl Northrop at Telecommunications Law Professionals.

  • Seized Art Ownership Row Highlights Importance Of Vetting

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    The Cleveland Museum of Art's recent suit against the Manhattan District Attorney's Office to block a seizure order and contest its rightful ownership of a headless statue worth $20 million presents an uncommon challenge that underscores the criticality of due diligence prior to acquiring artworks, especially older pieces, say Robert Darwell and Zach Dai at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Attorneys Have An Ethical Duty To Protect The Judiciary

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    The tenor of public disagreement and debate has become increasingly hostile against judges, and though the legislative branch is trying to ameliorate this safety gap, lawyers have a moral imperative and professional requirement to stand with judges in defusing attacks against them and their rulings, says Deborah Winokur at Cozen O'Connor.

  • 'Trump Too Small' Args Show Justices Inclined To Reverse

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in the "Trump Too Small" trademark case Vidal v. Elster — and the tenor of the justices' feedback makes it clear that the refusal to register a mark under the Lanham Act most likely does not violate free speech rights, as opposed to the Federal Circuit's decision last year, says Brian Brookey at Tucker Ellis.

  • What Cos. Should Know About FTC's Proposed Junk Fee Rule

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    The Federal Trade Commission recently announced a notice of proposed rulemaking targeting junk fees and how businesses may advertise prices to consumers — and since it would give the agency powers to seek monetary penalties against businesses that do not comply, companies should look to get ahead now, say Phyllis Marcus and Nicole Johnson at Hunton Andrews.

  • AI Can Help Lawyers Overcome The Programming Barrier

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    Legal professionals without programming expertise can use generative artificial intelligence to harness the power of automation and other technology solutions to streamline their work, without the steep learning curve traditionally associated with coding, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Opinion

    What 5th Circ. Uncrewed Aircraft Systems Ruling Got Wrong

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent ruling in National Press Photographers Association v. McGraw threatens to dilute the First Amendment rights of photographers using uncrewed aircraft systems and undermine federal control of the airspace, and is indicative of how other courts may misinterpret the Federal Aviation Administration's new fact sheet down the line, say attorneys at Wiley Rein.

  • Preparing Law Students For A New, AI-Assisted Legal World

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    As artificial intelligence rapidly transforms the legal landscape, law schools must integrate technology and curricula that address AI’s innate challenges — from ethics to data security — to help students stay ahead of the curve, say Daniel Garrie at Law & Forensics, Ryan Abbott at JAMS and Karen Silverman at Cantellus Group.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: South Korea

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    Numerous ESG trends have materialized in South Korea in the past three years, with impacts ranging from greenwashing prevention and carbon neutrality measures to workplace harassment and board diversity initiatives, say Chang Wook Min and Hyun Chan Jung at Jipyong.

  • General Counsel Need Data Literacy To Keep Up With AI

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    With the rise of accessible and powerful generative artificial intelligence solutions, it is imperative for general counsel to understand the use and application of data for myriad important activities, from evaluating the e-discovery process to monitoring compliance analytics and more, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • Young Thug Case Spotlights Debate Over Lyric Admissibility

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    A Georgia court’s recent ruling, allowing prosecutors to use some of rapper Young Thug’s lyrics in his conspiracy trial, captures the ongoing debate about whether rap lyrics are admissible, with courts often stretching the boundaries of the federal evidence rules, say Amy Buice at Smith Gambrell and Emily Ward at Continuum Legal Group.

  • Del. Dispatch: Refining M&A Terms After Twitter Investor Suit

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    The Delaware Court of Chancery's recent decision in Crispo v. Musk — invalidating a merger agreement provision that has been commonly used to disincentivize buyers from wrongful merger termination — should cause target companies to consider new approaches to ensure the payment of lost premium damages, say attorneys at Fried Frank.

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